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The SHAPE of things to come…. Michael Adubato, Chief, SLTC Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Belgium. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED POWERS EUROPE B-7010 SHAPE BELGIUM. GRAND QUARTIER GÉNÉRAL DES PUISSANCES ALLIÉES EN EUROPE

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The shape of things to come

The SHAPE of things to come…

Michael Adubato, Chief, SLTC

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

Belgium


The shape of things to come

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS

ALLIED POWERS EUROPE

B-7010 SHAPE BELGIUM

GRAND QUARTIER GÉNÉRAL

DES PUISSANCES ALLIÉES

EN EUROPE

B-7010 SHAPE - BELGIQUE

SHAPE DIRECTIVE

NUMBER 75-4 09 May 2006

LANGUAGE TESTING

The new & improved

SHAPE Directive 75-4


The shape of things to come

  • CHAPTER 1 – POLICIES

  • 1-1 Language Testing at SHAPE

  • Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Detailed language requirements for each post are included in JD and are

  • expressed in References B and C. The work in all ACO HQs is conducted

  • primarily in English.

  • Non-native English speaking nations should carry out language testing on

  • individuals nominated for SHAPE positions prior to their posting.

  • Language testing should be conducted at a recognized national testing

  • centre using nationally produced tests set against the standards in Ref B.

  • These results are to be provided to SHAPE as an element of the nomination

  • process for OFs and key ORs, 3 months prior to an individual taking up a

  • position. Non-key ORs should arrive at SHAPE in possession of a valid

  • certificate.


The shape of things to come

CHAPTER 3– PROCEDURES

3-1 Language Testing at SHAPE

  • Testing.

  • Language testing will be carried out on individuals who arrive at SHAPE without a certificate from a recognized national test centre, or when doubts arise over their language competence after some weeks in the new post. Doubts relating to an individuals language ability are to be forwarded to the division ACOS who will then determine if the individual should be referred to the SLTC for testing.

  • If an individual fails to achieve the required skill level required on the initial language test, he-she will be counselled by the SLTC on the skills requiring improvement, and that he/she will be retested in 4 months…


The shape of things to come

  • What exactly does this mean?

  • All nations SHOULD test their personnel prior to being posted

  • to SHAPE or to any other ACO post

  • If they are NOT tested prior to arrival at SHAPE, they will be

  • tested by “yours truly” at SHAPE


The shape of things to come

What exactly does this mean?

SHAPE no longer uses the “half” or “+” grades

(since they do not exist in the STANAG, they no longer exist

within SHAPE)


The shape of things to come

  • The updated directive takes into account

    the controversial Chief of Staff policy letter

    from 2004 which stated that ALL personnel

    should arrive at SHAPE with a STANAG

    certificate and those who do not will be

    tested at the SLTC.


The way i see it

The way I see it…

  • The SLTC is a “safety net”

  • If there was no SLTC conducting testing,

    the problem would be worse because more

    personnel would be sent to SHAPE (and

    ACO posts) will worse, or no English

    language proficiency!


The shape of things to come

  • Is Mike being melodramatic with this bold

    statement??

    EXAMPLES…


The shape of things to come

  • Private Seinhorst’s Oral Examination:

  • he was given 2 subjects to talk about:

  • #1 – TV

  • #2 – free time

  • he had to choose only one of these subjects to discuss and

  • chose to speak about, in his words, “what TV means for me”

  • so, “I tell to them”

  • the oral interview lasted approximately 20 minutes and the

  • candidate was assessed as a Level 4.5!!!


The shape of things to come

  • Private Seinhorst’s Written Examination:

  • - The private was given a paper where, in his words,

  • “we answered to the paper in front of us”

  • Writing task: write 80 words on the subject.

  • STANAG Level achieved: 4.0


The shape of things to come

CERTIFICATE

FOR HAVING A COMMAND OF A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE (STANAG 6001)

THE OWNER OF THIS CERTIFICATE

PRIVATE GERARD SEINHORST

L: 3.5 S: 4.5 R: 1.5 W: 4

SIGNED:

I. Shudnobetter

COL, NL AF


The shape of things to come

  • STANAG CERTIFICATES FROM THE NATIONS

  • Should these documents be considered as true

  • reflections of the individual’s proficiency?


The shape of things to come

  • One colonel arrived with a STANAG certificate from his nation but unfortunately

    it was non acceptable because his job required 3333 and his certficate did not state that he had 3333.


The shape of things to come

CERTIFICATE

FOR PASSING AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST

COLONEL KEITH L. WERT

L: 2.5 S: 3.0 R: 3.0 W: 3.0

SIGNED: DATED: 3 April 2006

General Admission

US Army


The shape of things to come

CERTIFICATE

FOR PASSING AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST

COLONEL KEITH L. WERT

L: 3.0 S: 3.0 R: 3.0 W: 3.0

SIGNED: DATED: 3 April 2006

General Admission

US Army


The shape of things to come

Any

EASY

Questions??


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